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Haiku Review: Justice League #29 0

Haiku (and Parody)CHANNEL 52 NEWS:After two-year winter,Springtime for Cyborg.That's right, Bethany. Victor Stone, the high-school football hero who became the superhero CYBORG, developed as a character in Justice League #29. It took two years for Stone to have his catharsis. The thing is, Why? Well, Bethany, I spitballed it all afternoon (because that's how it's done on Channel 52) and I think I have an answer. Cyborg has no title of his own, only the title that he has shared with the likes of ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Haiku Review: Silver Surfer #1 0

PoetryOne-third Cosmos.Two-thirds The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.All Red.ProseNot to diminish Dan Slott, the wordsmith listed alongside artist Michael Allred, both credited in the issue as its storytellers. But that centerfold? It's more than a centerfold: It's a kaleidoscope in Technicolor, a starburst in Skittles. And the panel in which the Silver Surfer's life flashed before us, on his person? That picture is a thousand words, the backstory for a character from the Silver Age, distilled...

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Haiku Review: Hawkeye #18 0

Spoilers! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!PoetryLike The Eagles: "… check out any time you like, but you can never leave."**Hotel California, from 1976's "Hotel California"ProseAfter Hawkeye #16, I said that I'd started to think Kate Bishop is better on her own, without her Hawkguy. After the issue at hand, Hawkeye #18, I say that I still think Kate is better thataway, "… in California, far away from the New York jerks and needy abusive black holes of crippled emotions." That fragment, from the...

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Haiku Review: She-Hulk #2 0

PoetryKinda Ally McBeal,but more (Hell)catfightsand the monkey from Friends.ProseThat's no knock on the issue, its series, or its writer, because our so-called first superhero, Superman, was mishmashed from fiction and mythology and tradition. And had a monkey. So. The issue introduced us to the other characters in the series: a capuchin, a landlord, a paralegal, and Patsy Walker, Hellcat. They're mishmashed, too, the misfits and the monkey, in an office-space by, for, and of misfits. So what if...

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Haiku Review: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #10 1

Poetry"Whoever you are in there--Come out and receive your gift!The gift of … "ProseBecause that line, and its issue, were gifts, from writer James Asmus to allofus. And … Because I lack the talent and the time to summarize three stories in one haiku. Anyways. The three stories told us a bit about the three supervillains betrayed by Boomerang and forgotten by Shocker: Overdrive, Beetle, and Speed Demon. An itty-bitty bit, a bummer because I want to learn more about Overdrive, more ...

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Haiku Review: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #9 0

PoetryI was a fool to think a Boomerang could turn over a new leaf.Prose"You probably think I'm a loser at this point." Because I subtracted a star from a well-drawn, well-written installment in a something-else series because I became disappointed in one of its characters. Sigh. I'd started to believe in Boomerang; I'd started to believe that Boomerang had turned the corner. That belief, that confidence, was quashed by the Boomerang in "The Crime of the Century, Part 3." Wait … What if t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Haiku Review: Hawkeye #15 1

PoetryI waited five months …… to feel depressed. Two moreif I want to feel closure.Prose"Okay … This looks … completely ridiculous." To run down what's really a well-done issue of Hawkeye, about Hawkguy, drawn by David Aja, colored by Matt Hollingsworth, lettered by Chris Eliopoulos, and written by Matt Fraction. But. The issue is but one installment in a serial and that serial, that storyline, a slow-burn thriller told through nonlinear narrative, has suffered becaus...

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Haiku Review: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #8 0

Recently, Time has printed some film and television reviews as haikus. I think that they're cryptic and cute and that they say more in seventeen syllables than some reviews say in hundreds of words. Since New Year's, I've wanted a challenge, something different to write, so I thought I'd try some (kinda, sorta) haiku reviews, too.DiCaprio. Galactus. Flounder.That's the first spread.Thanks, Obama! At one time, lotsa comic books were funny, what with their anthropomorphic animals and comedians and...

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Haiku Review: Injustice: Year Two #2 0

Recently, Time has printed some film and television reviews as haikus. I think that they're cryptic and cute and that they say more in seventeen syllables than some reviews say in hundreds of words. Since New Year's, I've wanted a challenge, something different to write, so I thought I'd try some (kinda, sorta) haiku reviews, too.Oa. An omen. The Oracle."They're coming for you …"Oh, my.I like the issue because I like the anticipation I felt after I finished it. That said, it's not a cliff...

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Haiku Review & Name That Tune: Hawkeye #16 0

IntroRecently, Time has printed some film and television reviews as haikus. I think that they're cryptic and cute and that they say more in seventeen syllables than some reviews say in hundreds of words. Since New Year's, I've wanted a challenge, something different to write, so I thought I'd try some (kinda, sorta) haiku reviews, too. And I have. After I read Hawkeye #16, though, I thought I'd flip the script, lift the bar: How about a haiku review drawn from the discography of The Beach Boys? ...

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Artwork's Beautiful, Story's Blah 0

I've liked the children's books that have been published by Toon Books because children can relate to their stories and parents can read them again and again and not become bored to tears. So I've come to think that for Toon Books, the stories are first and their artwork, second and in support of the stories. A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse is different. Its illustrations drive the bus and its story rides shotgun. Don't get me wrong: Its artwork is very, very beautiful. Still, its s...

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Haiku Review: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #7 0

Recently, Time has printed some film and television reviews as haikus. I think that they're cryptic and cute and that they say more in seventeen syllables than some reviews say in hundreds of words. Since New Year's, I've wanted a challenge, something different to write, so I thought I'd try some (kinda, sorta) haiku reviews, too.Who's Beetle?A chip off the old … 'StoneIn a farce that's warm and fuzzy.I think the issue reminds me of the earlier, and far finer, episodes of Glee: At first blush, i...

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Haiku Review: Injustice: Year Two #1 0

Recently, Time has printed some film and television reviews as haikus. I think that they're cryptic and cute and that they say more in seventeen syllables than some reviews say in hundreds of words. Since New Year's, I've wanted a challenge, something different to write, so I thought I'd try a (kinda, sorta) haiku review, too.Death : Life. The bird sings.Courage : Fear. A broken ring.No holds barred. Ding-ding!As a postscript to the haiku (and to meet the hundred-word minimum for reviews), I'll ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.